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Friday, April 03, 2009

Answer The Question, Norm

Todd Beeton reports that Norm Coleman continues to talk about soldiering on in the Minnesota Senate recount, which is to be expected at this point. He has every right to appeal the decision of the three-judge panel when it's brought down next week to the Minnesota Supreme Court. After that, however, all bets are off. And it would be nice, if he's seeking out all this attention, if he would answer some other questions on the record.

There have been reports that the FBI had opened an investigation into allegations in the Texas lawsuit and a similar one in Delaware. Asked if the FBI had contacted him, Coleman smiled and shrugged his shoulders.

“I can’t say anything,” he said. “We want this matter to be fully reviewed and fully investigated because nothing happened and we are looking forward to that taking place.”

And on that note, we arrived at Coleman’s car and he ended the conversation by turning and putting his hands on my shoulders.

“Too many questions,” he said, laughing.

Then, he hopped into the passenger seat and was driven away with a wave and another broad smile.

I have no problem with Coleman taking interviews and pleading his case as long as he answers whether or not the FBI has an ongoing investigation into his corruption practices. DSCC Communications Director Eric Schultz agrees:

"If Norm Coleman is going to continue his farfetched legal appeal, the least he can do is answer if the FBI is investigating him," said DSCC Communications Director Eric Schultz. "It is a yes or no question that Minnesotans deserve an answer to. There are now two executives who have gone under oath - under penalty of perjury - affirming the criminal conspiracy to funnel $100,000 to a sitting U.S. Senator from one of his top donors. Norm dodged the question before the election - but he ought to fess up now."

Shouldn't be too hard, he's on Fox News every 30 minutes.

...Incidentally, election law expert Rick Hasen says Coleman has no shot at a case before the federal courts if the Minnesota Supremes don't decide in his favor.

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